The 5 Best Neko Rig Baits – Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass Fishing

5 best neko rig baits

Here is a list of the five best Neko Rig baits for bass fishing. Plus, descriptions of how to rig them up, and the best gear to throw these Neko Rig baits on. The Neko Rig is a staple set up for catching bass in tough conditions on highly pressured water. If your struggling with what to use for neko rigging, this post will help you get started with the best neko rig baits to catch bass anywhere.


The 5 Best Neko Rig Baits

The Neko Rig is a fish catching machine if you know what baits to use for it. I struggled for a while figuring out the best baits, tackle, and gear to use for a neko rig. Hopefully, you can start off right utilizing my discoveries with these 5 best Neko Rig baits to get you “Kraken” bass! Included in this post is a video of all 5 of the best neko rig baits in one morning of fishing to see them better in action. Plus, more details about these baits and why they work so well on a neko rig.

The Neko Rig has become a main staple for me, and a solid set up to have tied on. It works well throughout the year. Check out my original post on neko rigging a few years ago, if you don’t know much about it; Neko Rigging. It also has some good tips to help you when fishing a neko rig. Enjoy this post!

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Best Neko Rig Baits – The Neko Rig Baits mentioned in this post produced this giant 5.6 lbs bass. The Neko Rig definitely can produce some big bites!


Daiwa Neko Fat

The Daiwa Neko Fat by Yammamoto Baits is an incredible bait for Neko Rigging. What makes the Daiwa Fat one of the best Neko Rig worms is because of it’s bulk, weight, and life like action. This Neko Rig bait is just a bit bulkier than most Neko worms, which makes it appeal to some of the bigger bass in your body of water. It also is a little heavier, so you can get some massive casts from it. You could even throw the Neko Fat on a bait casting rod and reel set up potentially. Lastly, the little bulb on the tail creates a unique wobbling action as you pull it forward to entice those bass to bite.

5 Best Neko Rig Baits
One of the Best Neko Rig Baits is the Daiwa Neko Fat Illustrated here. This bait is for sure a top neko rig worm to produce fish on the neko rig.


Megabass Dot Crawler

Another one of the best Neko Rig baits is the Megabass Dot Crawler. It has a nice butt wobble action too set it apart from the other Neko Rig worms on the market. The Dot Crawler also carries some weight for further casts to get more bites from those fish in clear water. The Dot Crawler works well because it stands out from other worms the bass in your home waters may have become accustomed to seeing. The only downside to this worm is it is really soft, so you end up going through a few of them. Still though the Megabass Dot Crawler has some serious fish catching ability.


Zoom Trick Worm

The Orginal Zoom Trick Worm is a classic staple for fishing with a Neko Rig. It’s one of the best Neko Rig baits because it’s finesse profile translates into more bites from wary bass. Another neat thing with the zoom trick worm is you can create a different action from the bait depending on where you put the hook on your worm. Placing the hook on the outside of the round portion of the worm produces more of a wobbling motion, as you pull it along the bottom. If you place the hook on the flat side of the worm, and pull it along you will get a more tight shaking action. Sometimes one rigging will work better than another. The Zoom Trick Worm is by far the cheapest option as well for Neko rigging, and you won’t be disappointed in what you catch.


Biwaaa Ultra Hog

The Biwaa Ultra Hog is one of the best Neko Rig baits because of it’s unique style. Neko rigging a craw style bait like the ultra hog can generate a lot of strikes. Especially, if the bass in your lake feed a lot on crayfish. The flashy tentacles and flappers on the Biwaa Ultra Hog really pulsate well when the bait hops along on a Neko set up. This is a small bait with a small profile, so smaller tungsten nail weights work better on the Biwaa Ultra Hog. Also, finesse spinning gear is a must if you want to get any type of distance with your casts for this set up.

Best Neko Rig Baits
Best Neko Rig Baits – Zoom Trick Worm, Megabass Dot Crawler, Ultra Hog, Zoom Fluke Jr., Daiwaa Neko Fat. These baits straight catch fish on a neko rig.


Best Neko Rig Fishing Set Up

It’s important to get set up properly for fishing a Neko Rig if you hope to do it effectively. After some experimentation on various set ups, an all-around spinning rod and reel set up seems to get the job done the best for a Neko Rig. Use a 7 foot medium or medium heavy spinning rod with a decent size 30 spinning reel with your Neko Rig. Spool your reel up with 10 lbs. braided line, then add about 15 feet of 8 lbs. fluorocarbon leader. This line set up will help with sensitivity, so you can tell what your Neko Rig is doing. You will be able to detect more strikes.

Terminal tackle for setting up your best Neko Rig baits is vital as well. You will get more hook up’s with a little longer shank hook. A good hook for the Neko Rig is the size 1 gamakatsu stinger finesse hook. This hook will get the job done. Also, you need some wacky o-ring’s for your baits. Otherwise, you will lose a lot of them. Lastly, use either a 1/16 oz or 1/8 oz nail weight to insert into the head of your best Neko Rig baits. The 1/16 oz works well when fishing shallower down to 15 feet. Use the 1/8 oz nail weight if you are fishing 15 feet or deeper to help you get down to the bottom a little quicker.


Best Neko Rig Baits Video

This video shows all the best Neko Rig baits in action mentioned in this post. Hopefully, you can get a better idea of how to work each of these baits. Plus, you can learn a little more details of why these baits work so well on the Neko Rig. This video was shot in one morning of fishing on Crowthers Reservoir, with all the best Neko Rig baits mentioned above. Everyone of these baits catch some fish. Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel for any new videos in the future while your are watching.

Best Neko Rig Baits – Additional Thoughts

There are so many baits on the market, this is by no means the only baits that work for a Neko Rig. These are just the ones I have proven over the years that consistently work for me. If you have any other Neko Rig baits you enjoy, please share them with us in the comments below. One more side note, the links above and below in this post are affiliate links were you can pick up the baits, rod’s, reels, line, and anything else I use to “Krak” some bass on these Neko Rig Baits. receives a small percentage of the sales through these links. I only use links to baits, and gear I personally trust and know work. These links are here to be helpful for you, and not for the small amount made on the sale of the products. I hope these tips and products can help you “krak” some bass!

As always,

Stay stoked!

3 Responses

  1. I have been using the Zoom trick worm rigged Texas style, works great. But now I will rig wacky style, Neko rig. Great video. Thanks

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